The Twilight Saga: New Moon

  • 2009-12-02
  • By Michael Litvinsky

Director: Chris Weitz

It is easy to understand the reasons for such great popularity for the vampire saga sequel among teenagers. See for yourself; every teenager wants to be strong (both physically and morally); every  teenager wants to be handsome or beautiful; every teenager wants to be in love, and I am talking about the “Romeo and Juliet” kind of love – with action, drama and self-sacrifice. Well, it should be said that the new “Twilight” can give the viewer just that. What I simply refuse to understand is, why has the rest of the world gone crazy about the story of a vampire falling in love with a common girl.

The “New Moon” begins with the main characters going into their last school year. The vampire boy, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and Bell Swan (Kristen Stewart) are madly in love and seem to have no worries, whatsoever. Yet again the idyll wasn’t to last long. After a dramatic accident, during which Bella almost gets killed by one of Edward’s brothers, the Vampires decide to move to some other place. Despite Bella’s remonstrance, Edward disappears, leaving Bella behind.

Trying to survive her way through this dramatic break up, Bella becomes friends with an Indian boy called Jacob, who later falls in love with her. The problem is that Jacob, later, turns out to be a werewolf and, as is common among their kind, is not very fond of vampires. So Bella gets caught between two rival ancient clans and is forced to look for a peaceful solution.
It may seem that “New Moon” is more of an action movie, but I can assure you – it is not. The amount of whining, crying, nagging and love-confessing in this film is record breaking. Stiffened by absolutely dreadful, over-dramatized acting, most of the scenes are simply impossible to watch. What concerns the action-scenes (a couple of them can also be seen in the film), I must say that for a movie with such a big budget they look rather moderate.

The movie does not look better even with the wonderful music of Alexandre Desplat. The cinematography involves a lot of close ups and slow motion, which mostly look funny or pathetic, and not stylish, as intended.
To sum it up, it needs to be said that even though the first “Twilight” included the same amount of whining, it still was something new, original, and therefore, interesting. The second one is much like the first one, except for the fact that we have seen the first one already, so it is much less intriguing.

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